If you have recently lost a tooth from tooth decay, gum disease, or even by injury, you may be considering getting dental implants. After doing some research, you probably realize the magnitude of the decision you’re about to make—that applies to both the procedure and the cost. This guide created by Dr. Cofer will give you the facts and cost related factors which will hopefully answer most (if not all) of your questions about dental implants. These are very important factors to consider, but above all else, restoring the functionality and beauty of your smile is the most important thing to reflect on.
Dental Implants: Parts and Costs
Lots of dental practices claim to be comprehensive or able to “do it all”, but Dr. Cofer upholds that statement! At Premier Family Dental, we’re able to complete your dental implant procedure all in one office without referring out to specialists simply because he is the specialist you need! Dr. Cofer can replace both the root (below the gum line) and the crown (above the gum line) of a dying or lost tooth, providing a great natural tooth alternative all at the lowest possible price. Dental implants in Waco, TX are composed of three critical parts to create comprehensive tooth replacement: the implant itself, an abutment attachment, and the dental prosthetic.
The actual implant is a small, screw-like titanium post that is surgically placed into your jaw bone in place of your missing tooth. This implant mimics your natural tooth, restoring the health of your jaw bone. Titanium is a metal that is biocompatible, meaning that your body can adjust to the metal easily with a process called osseointegration. Typically, the out-of-pocket cost of an implant post is anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000 depending on each patient’s needs.
The abutment is the portion of the implant that lies above the gum line. It supports and secures the dental prosthetic that will be attached as your visible tooth replacement. Normally, your dentist in Virginia Beach, VA will not attach this portion until your jawbone has fused with the titanium implant. Abutments are much more affordable and play an equal role in function for your dental implant. Commonly, abutments cost anywhere from $500 to $1,000. The cost depends on each patient’s case of course!
The prosthetic portion refers to the type of dental work that will be attached to mimic the visible portion of your tooth. Dr. Santos and Dr. Folck will be able to show off their impressive cosmetic dentistry by creating a dental prosthetic that blends seamlessly with the rest of your smile. The prices for various prosthetics can drastically vary according to your needs. Our dentists can attach these popular prosthetics for tooth replacement options:
Crowns and bridges
By attaching these restorations to implant posts, we’re able to provide the same high quality, natural looking replacement solution without damaging surrounding teeth. A single crown or two attached crowns can typically be supported by a single dental implant.
Partial or full dentures
If you have more advanced tooth loss, your dentist may recommend attaching dentures to a few strategically placed implant posts. Regular dentures can slip or cause further jaw bone deterioration from being held by suction or adhesives, but with implants they will stay in place, eliminating those issues altogether.
We understand that our patients have different needs just as they each have different budgets. Premier Family Dental accepts numerous types of coverage as well as a variety of payment and financing options. Value is one of our top commitments, and making dental care affordable for everyone is one of our main goals. We want to help you restore your smile at the lowest cost possible. In most cases, our patients rarely consider paying fully out of pocket costs. Contact us today to discuss the best options for you!